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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

One-stop shop promotes local products

A new website is proving to be a one-stop shop for people who want to buy local.

The shop, buyHUNTER.com.au, features more than 250 products from quality boutique and artisan producers from the Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast regions.

Founders Cornelia Schulze and Julie Hancock created the site after they saw the need to connect shoppers with quality local products.

“The pandemic has delivered many challenges to our community,” Cornelia said.

“Not only have local providers found it difficult to sell their wares due to the cancellation of markets and restrictions to trade, but many of them do not have accessible ways to take their business online.

“From every challenge comes opportunity and we were hearing that local shoppers were also looking for convenient and safe ways to access quality products.

“We launched the site on 27 August and, since that time, buyHUNTER is attracting about five new businesses and about 50 new local products weekly.”

Julie added that they created the website to extend the love and passion they have for the region.

“Our ultimate goal is to create accessible ways to help local business showcase their wares, be competitive and continue to innovate and diversify,” she said.

“At no other time has this ever been so important as we navigate the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Featured products include handmade garments from Novocastrian designer Gina Ermer, stunning flower arrangements from Maitland-based Femme Pétale, and lovingly hand poured candles by Anvil Creek Candles.

It also includes jewellery from Winmark and Sir Stag Mens, tantalising spice blends from My Souk Drawer or locally ground Speak No Evil Coffee from Three Monkeys Café and Urban Hum organic honey, and many more.

Go to the buyHunter website for more information or to make a purchase.

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